Heidi-always felt sorry for her in the part of the story where she has to go live in the city
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. Set in Chechnya, the novel spans the time period from 1994-2004, jumping back and forth between characters and time frames. In this way, we come to learn the stories of the main characters, the horrors they have experienced, the dreams they still hold on to. I loved how the author provided glimpses into the futures and pasts of minor characters who cross the paths of the main characters. Loved it!
This is a book that everyone needs to read. I read for the first time in 8th grade. Read it again about ten years ago. If there weren't so many books waiting to be read, I might read it a third time. She has many other good books as well.